I’ve awarded the Vitus Nucleus an ideal 10 ranking 4 instances, now it’s half worth at £400

The Vitus Nucleus will get a slicker fork, extra gears and a reduction to make Chain Response Cycles weep… yours for simply £400

The Vitus Nucleus has received our Hardtail of the Yr award 4 instances. That makes it probably the most winningest hardtails we’ve ever examined, which is de facto bloomin’ vital in a market as fast-paced as this. Merely put, to make an awesome hardtail is difficult. However to go on making it nice, even when the competitors is so sturdy, is astonishing.

That is the up-specced Vitus Nucleus 29 VRS, a motorcycle that was sadly priced out of our large hardtail mega-test final summer season. I feel it could have walked away with that check if we’d allowed it in. Now although, it’s discounted and on provide. And what a deal it’s – we’re dwelling in a world the place retailers are determined to promote their wares, however there’s not a lot to high this one. At £400 The Vitus Nucleus VRS is the bike new riders needs to be . Extra on this in a minute.

It’s not the one cracking deal floating across the web although, we’re firmly into Black Friday week, with Cyber Monday quick approaching. We’ll be working arduous to select the mountain bike stuff that’s really good, sifting it from the mountains of crud on the market. Keep tuned and comply with our Black Friday offers hub web page in case you’re in search of bargains.

The Nucleus VRS is available in 27.5in or 29in variations, with the previous aimed toward smaller riders and the 29er greatest for greater pilots

Vitus Nucleus 29 and 27.5in VRS

Why the Nucleus 29 VRS is so good comes right down to the bike’s upgrades over the entry-level VR bike we examined final summer season. That bike didn’t win our Hardtail of the Yr award final time, in truth there have been unhappy faces on the check crew after we realised the fork wasn’t easy sufficient to tame the descents, and the eight-speed drivetrain not rangy sufficient for the ups.

Vitus Nucleus 29 VR

The Vitus Nucleus 29 VR in our Hardtail of the Yr check again in the summertime. Crying out for a much bigger cassette, which now comes on the VRS model

The VRS model solves this at a stroke. You now get a 120mm Suntour XCR 32 fork reasonably than the shorter 100mm, and that additional 20mm of journey ought to give the bike simply that little bit extra damping it wanted to easy out tough descents. The additional journey will slacken off that head angle too, making it steer extra simply going downhill.

The place the Nucleus 29 VR actually wanted assist although, was on the climbs. The improved VRS right here brings with it a Shimano Deore 10speed drivetrain, that’s vital as a result of it introduces a more in-depth unfold of gears and riders ought to by no means be left to fall between on that’s too arduous, and one which spins out too simply.

The VRS brings throughout the perfect of the bike we examined although, particularly its 6061-T6 aluminium body that proved lightest in our large hardtail shootout. With a top quality body the Nucleus 29 VRS turns into a worthy bike to take care of and improve over time, as components begin to wear down of want enchancment.

That stated, the components listing for £400 is stellar, with Maxxis Ardent tyres, WTB wheels, Clarks M2 hydraulic disc brakes, and a Nukeproof Neutron V2 Riser bar.